Treatment at the Israel Center on Addiction

Addiction is a complex medical disorder with biological, psychological, and social manifestations. Treatment at the Israel Center on Addiction is given at the addiction and dual diagnosis clinic at the Lev HaSharon Medical Center. The treatment is integrative and multidisciplinary, and strives to provide a therapeutic solution to the various situations, phenomena and problems associated with addiction. The approach is based on research that is recognized and accepted in the medical literature and treatment community worldwide.

Treatment at the addiction and dual diagnosis clinic is guided by several principles and objectives:

  •  Improving the patient’s mental health and minimizing the harm caused by the addiction;
  •  A respectful, non-judgmental approach that engenders a sense of partnership in therapy;
  •  A personal assessment of each patient’s unique, individual needs, and tailoring treatment to meet these needs;
  •  Full patient participation in determining treatment goals.


Different types of treatment focus on different aspects of recovery, and complement each other:

  •  Medical treatment
  •  Individual therapy
  •  Group therapy
  •  Family therapy


What does medical treatment include?

  The goal of medical treatment is to assist the patient in abstaining from, or significantly reducing, the addictive substance or behavior, and to prevent relapse. At the same time, the mental and physical ailments related to the addiction are also treated.  Medical treatment is divided into stages, and is provided by a psychiatrist specializing in addiction and its related psychiatric disorders. The treatment may include various prescription drugs, depending on the needs of the patient and the opinion of the specialist treating the patient.  

What is individual therapy?

  Individual therapy is “one-on-one” talk therapy with a psychologist or social worker, and it combines various therapeutic approaches, including motivational, cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches. If needed, individual therapy can also include targeted interventions for related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.  

What types of group therapy are provided?

  The group therapy scheme at the clinic includes a variety of group-based treatments designed to accommodate different stages of treatment and patient preferences, as well as the specific recommendations of the treatment team.  The list of groups includes:  

  •  Preparation group (helps motivate patients to make a change)
  •  Relapse prevention group
  • Mindfulness group
  • Rehabilitation group for dual diagnosis
  • Co-dependency group for partners and spouses


What about couples and family therapy?

  We recognize the importance of a systemic approach that takes into account a person’s immediate environment, which in most cases includes his or her spouse (or partner) and family. As part of this systemic approach, we offer couples and family therapy (together with the patient), individual therapy for the spouse, and counseling services for families in which the individual suffering from addiction is not interested in treatment.

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